At the heart of his celebration of the goal scored when the clock barely showed 2′30 ′ 'of play, Kylian Mbappé looked for Neymar to send him a huge knowing smile and thank him for his assist.
It is an understatement to say that the success of their association was expected, in this competition, where they too rarely shone together, and against an opponent against whom they had lacked efficiency in the final in Lisbon, in last august.
Seeing Mbappé pierce Neuer on his first strike gave the impression that Bondy's child was coming straight out of the Camp Nou lawn to come and shine at the Allianz Arena.
A feeling reinforced at the time of his double in the 68th where his clinical action concluded by a strike between the legs of Boateng allowed Paris to regain the advantage (3-2).
With these 20th and 21st goals in the Champions League in the Parisian jersey, Mbappé exceeds Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar (20).
He is now alone behind Edinson Cavani (30).
By adding the six goals scored with Monaco, Mbappé reached with 27 goals, the best total in history in the competition for a player before the age of 23, ahead of Lionel Messi (25).
Bayern-PSG (2-3): relive the feat of Paris in the Champions League
This is, for sure, another essential evening in the career of an extraordinary striker who now has 8 goals in the Champions League this season.
A few days ago, he told in an interview broadcast on RMC, his very special relationship with European competition.
"The Champions League has a very important place," he said.
The World Cup (...) I did not suffer to win it.
The Champions League is something else.
I have known stages where we lost, we suffered.
If I win it, there will be emotion.
Man of the match, of course
Elected man of the match, the world champion savored at the microphone of RMC: “It's a great collective performance.
We suffered, we are at half-time of a big confrontation.
We return to Paris with a smile but we will tackle the return leg with the same determination.
We will have to play with confidence.
I like this kind of game.
It hasn't always smiled on me.
But I'm not here to hide.
Mbappé will in any case have taken advantage of the freezing cold of Munich to warm up his relations with the Parisian supporters.
He had indeed been able to sow doubt with his latest statements on RTL, stressing that the criticisms which obviously weigh heavily on him could have an impact on his future at PSG while his contract ends in June 2022 and that an agreement does not has still not been found for an extension.
"Of course it plays, but it's not just that," he had said.
The most important thing is to feel good where you are and to have fun.
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“Football has always been like that.
The stronger you are, the more you are criticized, ”commented Zinedine Zidane.
With matches like that, Mbappé, who finished, exhausted and limping, has not finished being criticized, to the delight of Parisians.